Merritt E. Patterson

Merritt E. Patterson, age 93, of Wall, died Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at the Clarkson Mt. View Health Care Facility in Rapid City.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 6, at the United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brad Kattelmann officiating.

Music for the service was provided by Carol Hahn, prelude/ postlude pianist; Rita Patterson, pianist; Gene, Dean, Dale and Gale Patterson, vocalists; with congregational hymns.

Ushers were Lauren and Eric Kasuske and Bernard Foster. Pallbearers were Scott, Justin, Kevin, Sean, Kent, Ryan, Mark, Dain, Seth and Karmin Patterson and Dawn Nagel.

Interment with Masonic Rites by the Crescent Lodge #210 A.F. & A.M. was in the Wall Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall was in charge of the arrangements.

Merritt E. Patterson was born September 7, 1911, in Gregory, SD, the son of Cephas Dalton and Laura (Harvey) Patterson. When he was six months old, his family moved by covered wagon back to the homestead in the Lakeside area. He started school in the Lakeside area before the family moved to a farm near Owanka, where he finished grade school and attended high school. After his education, he worked on the railroad several summers and in 1932 he went to Wall to work.

He was united in marriage to Evelyn MacGregor on October 13, 1934. After their marriage, he worked for Alex MacGregor, joined the C.C.C., and worked for two years on the railroad at New Underwood, before coming back to help Alex on the farm. In 1946, he rented the farm from Alex, and in 1951 he purchased the farm. Merritt and Evelyn continued to live and work on the farm, as well as remain very active in numerous activities and organizations in the Wall community. Merritt and Evelyn were the first recipients of the Wall Booster Club Award.

Merritt's wife, Evelyn, preceded him in death on September 28, 1994. After his wife's death, Merritt continued to reside on the farm.

Merritt was a member of the Wall United Methodist Church where he served as chairman of the Building Committee when the new church was built. He was a member of the Crescent Lodge A.F. & A.M., serving on the building committee when the Temple was built. He was a past Master of the Lodge and several times served as Patron of the Wonderland Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Grateful for having shared his life include four sons and their families: Gene Patterson and his wife, Rita, of Wall, and his children, Dawn and Matt Nagel and their son, Cody, of Fairview, SD, and Kent and Elizabeth Patterson and their sons, Nicholas, Noah, and Braden of Waseca, MN, Mark Patterson and his wife, Jennifer, of Wall and their children, Nathan and Meghan, her children, Loren and Lisa Kasuske of Rapid City and their children, Justin, Katie, and Bryttini, Angela Pillatzki and her husband, Keith, of Brookings, and their children, Emily and Jack, and Eric Kasuske and his wife, Nadine, of Rapid City, and their son, Remington; Dean Patterson and his wife, Marcine, of Wall, and their children, Scott Patterson of Chancellor, SD, and Kevin Patterson and his wife, Diana, of Sioux Falls, and their daughter, Dillan; Dale Patterson and his wife, Barb, of Wall, and their children, Justin Patterson and his wife, Teri, of Rapid City, Sean Patterson and his wife, Tara, of Henderson, NV, Ryan Patterson and his wife, Jessica, of Hillsboro, OR, and their children, Kyra and Ayden, Dain Patterson and his special friend, Lori, of Henderson, NV, and Karmin Patterson and her special friend, Todd, of Lead; and Gale Patterson and his wife, Karol, of Wall, and their son, Seth; a sister, Zelda Greenwalt of Denver, CO; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Evelyn, Merritt was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Trevor Patterson; two brothers, Doland and Wayne Patterson; and four sisters, Naida Greenwalt, Lola Flint, and Garnet and Mildred Patterson as children.

A memorial is established.